Playing With Natural Elements

I had the pleasure this week to design with new stamps created by Rae Missigman for PaperBag Studios.  From the moment I opened the package, my mind was racing with ideas and ways that I could use this amazing set!


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The stamps are big and bold and originate from hand-carved designs by Rae.  I instantly thought of stamping on canvas!  I had some large zippered pouches in my studio and set to work painting.

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I used a large acrylic block with a handle and Staz-On black ink to transfer the designs.  Next I used Golden Hi-Flow Acrylic Paints to brush some color onto the stamped images.

I loved using the feathers for leaves and the fall colors on the natural canvas.  I decided to go brighter on the next few pouches, alternating using the stamps with both acrylic paint and ink.

I wanted to make some cute little zipper pulls for my pouches, so I grabbed some Shrinky Dinks and stamped the designs right onto the plastic.  Next I used some acrylic paint pens to roughly color in the stamps.  No need to be too careful as the designs shrink down and the colors get more intense!  I punched a hole into each design then used the heat gun to shrink them down.  These cute little plastic designs could be turned into earrings or charms for a necklace or bracelet also!

I also used the stamps to create designs in this canvas portfolio - I love the texture elements - perfect for backgrounds!  I could have spent another week creating with these stamps - they are an essential set for any mixed media artist!  Be sure to visit Rae's Blog, Roben-Marie Smith's Blog and PaperBag Studios website for more inspiration!